Since 1999 CPS seconds experts to regions that are affected by crisis and conflict, based on the provisions of the Development Workers Act. They work with local partner organisations for periods of between two and five years.
On- site experts mainly work together with local civil society partners and cooperate partly with state partners. They act as neutrally and independently as possible. As external organisation they have a different perspective that can help to effectively initiate and support peace processes.
CPS experts work to resolve conflict in a new cultural environment, frequently under difficult conditions. In addition to the required expertise and a proven track record in this area, patience, sound social skills, a high degree of flexibility and an ability to perform well under pressure are vital.
CPS experts fulfil a diverse mandate. As well as supporting organisations in resolving conflict between different interest groups or ethnic groups, they advise and provide training on how to help the victims of violence overcome trauma. They also train the employees of local partner organisations to use civil conflict transformation methods and strategies and to eliminate hostility, and advise on drafting strategies to promote peace. They support local partners in raising awareness for the concerns of disadvantaged groups and in reintegrating former combatants into civilian life.
CPS experts must:
- have finished university or completed vocational training
- at least two years of professional experience preferably abroad
- have the required expertise and experience in a work area that is relevant to CPS
- have experience in civil conflict transformation
- have good advisory and mediation skills
- have a very good knowledge of the language of the country of assignment
- High level of physical and emotional resilience
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